Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is a South African Private Institution of Higher Education established in October 1997 by the South African Medical Association.

Our Vision

The vision of FPD is to build a better society through education and development.

Our Mission

The mission of FPD is to ensure the availability of skilled professionals, allied workers and managers who will be able to deliver a service to the public that is affordable, evidence based and congruent with international best practice.


FPD prides itself on being one of the few private higher educational institutions that fully engages in all three areas of higher educational scholarship namely: teaching and learning, community engagement and research.

  • Teaching and Learning – FPD provides a comprehensive curriculum of development courses in management and professional skills that are customised to the needs of managers and health care professionals. Educational products are presented through formal postgraduate qualifications, short courses, distance courses, in-house courses and conferences.
  • Community Engagement – This is a critical component of our work and targets areas such as: the development of grassroots NGOs; AIDS and TB treatment and care; and developing institutional capacity within the public sector utilising a public-private-initiative model.  FPD conducts community engagement projects as a core function.  These projects can be viewed on page 4.
  • Research – FPD’s research priorities focus on promoting action research, clinical research and research on educational practice.